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Using HMI lighting in high speed filming applications

Shooting at high frame rates requires substantial lighting levels which makes HMI sources an ideal choice. However, the process can reveal artefacts in the light which would not be apparent at regular shooting speeds. Dr Phil Ellams of Power Gems gets to the source of the potential issues and offers... Read Full Article

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Who is Gillian Holt? Get me Gillian Holt for this film!

Power Gems talked to Gillian Holt, one of a few female cinematographers. English-born Gillian lives in Berlin and combines working as a cinematographer and lighting technician/gaffer, with an ongoing role as senior repair technician with rental house, LichtHaus Berlin. LichtHaus Berlin is one o... Read Full Article

Power Gems employs students throughout summer

Two young people are making sure the summer holidays are as productive as the rest of the year for Power Gems. Every August we need temporary staff to come in and cover for the holidays, this year we welcome Russell Lea and Joe Axon to Manchester HQ.   Russell (aged 18) is back for hi... Read Full Article

Power Gems opens new Service Centre in Shanghai

The world’s leading high speed ballast designer and manufacturer is offering after sales support from new premises in China. Power Gems has a new service centre (above) in Shanghai, in partnership with Shanghai Meizeng Testing Technology Co Ltd (‘Meizeng’). This latest addition extends ... Read Full Article

DCS flicker testing of Power Gems ballasts

When Digital Cinema Society got in touch with Power Gems, we were quick to agree to participate in objective flicker testing of our high speed ballasts. James Mathers, Cinematographer and Founder of DCS, was keen to investigate the issue of flicker when shooting at extremely high frame rates with... Read Full Article

Are Power Gems being used for filming in Manchester?

While Power Gems HQ is yet to be chosen as a film location, we’re always pleased to see filming in our home city. Here’s a recent shoot taking place in Manchester, featuring PKE Lighting gear – on a hush-hush American production. There’s a high chance of Power Gems being on set, as PKE Li... Read Full Article

Power Gems at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

The Power Gems theatre range came to the market at the first Stage|Set|Scenery in 2015. This year the international trade show for stage and event technology, which is held every two years, saw 274 companies showcasing theatre, film and event technology. Some 6,000 trade visitors passed through the ... Read Full Article